Emma Courtier

Emma is a midwife, currently featuring on the TV show Island Medics. She originally came to Shetland for a year – five years ago. She is a busy and active person who enjoys exploring the great outdoors both on land and in the sea. Emma is always willing to get involved in community events and activities, particularly if these involve a cup of tea and cake.


Robert Alan Jamieson

Robert Alan Jamieson was born in Sandness. After publishing two novels and a collection of poetry, Shoormal, during the 1980s, he studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh as a mature student, before taking up the William Soutar Fellowship in Perth (1993-96). He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Robert co-edited Edinburgh Review from 1993 until 1998 and has published five novels. He will be offering a masterclass in creative writing at this year’s Wordplay.



Lana Elaine Smith

Lana Elaine Smith will be playing with the Lana Elaine Smith Trio at the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival later on this month. Lana graduated from Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with a degree in traditional music and has a postgraduate diploma in health sciences and music from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She currently works for the council as a learning support worker at schools in Shetland.

Roseanne Watt

Roseanne Watt is a poet, filmmaker and musician from Shetland. Last month, she won the prestigious Edwin Morgan poetry award; she was also the winner of the 2015 Outspoken Poetry Prize (Poetry in Film) and runner-up in the 2018 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award. Roseanne is poetry editor for the online literary magazine The Island Review. She currently lives and works in Edinburgh.

Marjolein Robertson

Shetland comedian Marjolein Robertson is a rising star of the Scottish comedy scene thanks to her isles-oriented online comedy for the BBC and eclectic stand-up. She is performing her new stand-up show, It’s Time, this month at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Dylan Morrish

Shetland’s newly elected representative for the Scottish Youth Parliament is 17-year-old Dylan Morrish. Dylan currently has a part-time job at the Clickimin Leisure Centre and is a full-time student at the Anderson High School. He plays football for Lerwick Celtic and is also a Year of Young People 2018 ambassador.

Kirsty & Aimee Budge

Sisters Kirsty and Aimee Budge appeared on Countryfile last month, after having been shortlisted as farming heroes in a BBC award ceremony which recognized their hard work and dedication to their community.


Alison O’Donnell, Actress

Alison O’Donnell (aka Detective Sergeant Alison McIntosh or “Tosh”) is a familiar face to all fans of the popular television series Shetland. Before Shetland, Alison had had parts in Holby City and Feel The Force, and was also well known in theatre. 


Truckers Tracks – Transport Special Bonus Playlist

Kevin Coulson – Driver/general operative, Mossbank, aged 59
Sweet – Fox On The Run
UB40 – Kingston Town
Comunards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Ottawan – Hands Up
Stan Ridgeway – Camouflage
Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall pt 2
Boney M – Belfast
Sweet – Ballroom Blitz

Allan Leslie – Driver, Lerwick, aged 45
AC/DC – Thunderstruck
Train – Drops Of Jupiter
Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
The Proclaimers – 500 miles
The waterboys – The Whole Of The Moon
James – Sit Down
Bastille – Pompeii
Avicii – Wake Me Up

Adam Sutherland – Driver, Dunrossness, aged 33
My Chemical Romance – Welcome To The Black Parade
Green Day – Basket Case
Hit The Diff – Marty Move
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Dolly Parton – Blue Smoke
Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk
Stereophonics – Have A Nice Day

Geoff McCarron – Freight Supervisor, Sandwick, aged 62
The Modern Lovers – Roadrunner
Sniff & The Tears – Driver’s Seat
Dire Straits – Tunnel Of Love
Neil Young – Like A Hurricane
David Bowie – Queen Bitch
Led Zeppelin – Custard Pie
Queen – Brighton Rock
Deep Purple – Highway Star


Maggie Sandison, SIC Chief Executive

Maggie recently hit the headlines with her appointment as the first female chief executive of Shetland Islands Council. Music-lover Maggie admits that she found limiting her choice to ten tracks “a significant challenge”. Well-known for her interest in live music, Maggie says: “I constructed my list around my love of watching live music and picked the artists and songs based on the memories they unlock in me of seeing the live band.”


Genevieve White, Shetland Life Editor

Over the coming months, we’ll be asking people to share the music that matters to them in “Tracks” written exclusively for our Shetland Life magazine and website. To kick off this musical medley, our editor Genevieve White shares the tracks of her life.

The Rainbow Connection by Kermit the frog
I grew up in a family of Muppet fans. I don’t know how many times we watched The Muppet Movie together, but I do know that this song is embedded in my psyche.

Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
This song reminds me of hanging out in The Meadows, Edinburgh with my school friend when we were teenagers. (I’d like to point out that I wasn’t a teenager when this song was in the charts. We were just a bit retro.)

Marieke by Jacques Brel
At school, I’d always quite liked French. But it wasn’t until a language assistant introduced me to the wonderful Belgian chansonnier Brel that I l decided I LOVED it. Truthfully, Brel would probably be on all ten of my tracks, were it not for the generic conventions of this piece.

Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers
My dad was a master of the mix-tape. He’d spend ages compiling themed cassettes for our long holiday drives. When I left home aged 17 he presented me with one of his finest ever compilations. Ain’t No Sunshine was the title track.

Shallow Grave by Leftfield
In my third year at university I shared a flat with some friends. We loved this film. It was quite a turbulent year though, and I’m always surprised we came through it without having to dig a shallow grave of our own.

I am Waiting by The Rolling Stones
This song makes me think of my husband, Cameron. He takes A LONG time to get ready to go anywhere. For the last 20 or so years I’ve been singing this song to him. Without much effect.

Afrika by KFT
Cameron and I worked in Hungary for a few years. Every Wednesday night we went to see a live band in a local pub and they always played this song.

Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream by Simon and Garfunkel
I listened to the album Wednesday morning 3am a lot with our first baby, Ishbel. We were quite often up at 3am in the morning. This music brings back memories of a special (if tiring) time.

The Foggy Dew by Sinead O’Connor
My son Torquil loves this song and has learned all of the verses off by heart. Sinead O’ Connor has a lovely voice, but personally I prefer Torquil’s version.

Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield
I listen to this song a lot at the moment. It’s what I play when I need a little “oomph” to get a job done – whether that be washing the dishes or blitzing the to-do list.